There was a sense of déjà vu to Francesco Scognamiglio’s fall collection. Ruffles? Check. Transparency and slashes? Check, and check.
Indeed, the designer picked up exactly where he left off last season, offering only the slightest update to his signature boudoir looks. His off-the-shoulder ruffled slips were once again cut away to reveal a flash of knee or a more generous slice of thigh.
In a minor departure, Victorian-inspired blouses were paired with tailored pants, some embellished with rows of oversize grommets laced with satin ribbons. The technique was also used as closures on roomy jackets and coats — an impractical idea, if ever there was one. Imagine having to fiddle with giant laces every time you want to take off or put on your coat.
Ironically, Scognamiglio looked most relevant when putting his spin on the bomber jacket, fast becoming a ubiquitous item in fashionable closets. His oversize white version, with delicate metallic flower embroideries, looked fresh and appealing on British model Ruth Bell.